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Behind the Scenes: Waltzing Through ‘Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade’

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is in full swing for the fall season, which means the popular “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” is stepping down Main Street, U.S.A., several times a week.

This parade, which is a highlight of the park’s Halloween party, showcases Disney characters in Halloween costumes, entire parade units devoted to Disney Villains, candy and sweets – and of course, the Haunted Mansion.

The Haunted Mansion unit in the parade is inspired by some guest-favorites found inside the attraction: the mansion’s creepy Butlers have turned into Gravediggers, the Hitchhiking Ghosts have finally found a ride, and the couples waltzing in the Haunted Mansion’s Ballroom Scene have taken their act on the road, literally, as the Dead Waltzers.

I recently went backstage with Choreographer Larry Kornfehl to learn what it takes to become a Dead Waltzer in the parade.

According to Larry, a Dead Waltzer is a coveted position that requires a lot of skill and even a little creativity, as each waltzing couple is asked to come up with a haunting storyline on who their character was in life and how they met their tragic end.

“As a couple, we ask them to create something of a story – did one of them fall off a cliff? Did one of them get electrocuted?” Larry said. “We like to have a lot of fun with it and some of the stories they come up with – oh my gosh – they’re very creative.”

For our storyline, we chose to be rival siblings who met an unfortunate fate after fighting over our family’s sizeable inheritance.

Check out the video above for a look inside the Dead Waltzer experience.

As a reminder, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party requires a separate ticket (a party specific ticket) that can be purchased here and is available for Sept. 26 & 29; Oct. 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31; and Nov. 1.


  • I cannot WAIT to go to the party! The parade is always the highlight for me and the dancers are the best!! Great choreography!!! Thanks for showing the video!!

  • Jennifer, you did great! ….a little angry in makeup but GREAT! LOL

  • Wow! I love the Dead Waltzers and you did a great job. Will we see you dancing down Main St? Nice to get to see Larry. I always wondered about who choreagraphed these dances. At MNSSHP we had a photopass shot taken with the dancers dancing around us and they provided a still as well. One of our favorites.

    • Thank you! He was a WONDERFUL teacher!

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